Health chiefs are to set national standards for hospital food after the deaths of six
people in a listeria outbreak.
Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith will advise the Government review into bedside meals, amid growing criticism of patients’ food.
The “root-and-branch” probe, launched by the Department of Health today, will examine whether the number of hospitals doing catering in-house can be increased.
Prue said: “Millions of pounds are wasted in hospitals with food ending up in the bin – unpalatable food being the main complaint.
A hospital meal should be a pleasure and comfort, and it should help, not hinder, the patient’s recovery.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock called for the review in June when the six people died after getting listeria from prepackaged sandwiches and salads.
But Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth said: “Years of Tory austerity mean some hospitals are spending just £3 a day on meals for patients – it’s an utter disgrace.”